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May 3, 2018   WEI Executive Administrative Assistant Vacancy Announced. Women Enabled International (WEI) is searching for a brilliant Executive Assistant who will join our Washington, DC office to meticulously support WEI’s Executive Director and legal, development, and operations teams in the fulfillment of our mission.  Read more.

  • May 11, 2018 Disability rights groups call on States to increase disability representation on the CEDAW Committee. 
    A coalition of disability rights groups—including Women Enabled International (WEI), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI), and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)—have issued a joint statement calling on States to increase disability diversity on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) by electing Ana Peláez to the Committee. Peláez would be the first woman with a disability to serve on the CEDAW Committee, which monitors the women's rights records of States around the world. Read the statement below and view a video interview with Ana Peláez at the United Nations headquarters (Spanish with English subtitles).

    Joint statement calling for the election of Ana Peláez to the CEDAW committee.pdf

    Joint statement calling for the election of Ana Peláez to the CEDAW committee.docx

     

  • May 10, 2018 WEI Candidate Survey Results for Upcoming UN Treaty Body Elections

    States that have ratified CEDAW and the CRPD—the two international human rights treaties that most directly address the rights of women and girls with disabilities—will soon elect a new set of experts to monitor these treaties. WEI sent out a questionnaire about women and girls with disabilities to all candidates for the CEDAW and CRPD Committees. Check out the results and learn more about these Committees at the links below:

    CEDAW Committee Elections and Candidate Questionnaire Results

    CRPD Committee Elections and Candidate Questionnaire Results

  • April 30, 2018 WEI, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI),  and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) Shadow Letter on Nigeria to the Human Rights Committee for its development of a List of Issues in the Absence of a State Report.

    WEI, AWWDI, and LEDAP submitted a shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee for its development of a list of issues on Nigeria, to be used in a future review of Nigeria’s human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Drawing on particular case examples and analysis of current laws, the letter highlights that, because of their gender and disability, women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria face multiple layers of discrimination and stereotypes about their capabilities. As a result, they are denied access to sexual and reproductive health services, subjected to practices like forced sterilization, forced contraception, or forced abortion, and are more likely to experience gender-based violence. Women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria's conflict zones are also frequently left behind when violence comes to their communities, increasing their risk of experiencing gender-based violence, with little access to justice or services. The shadow letter concludes with several recommendations for questions the Human Rights Committee should include in its list of issues to Nigeria, which the Committee will develop in July 2018.

    WEI AWWDI LEDAP letter to HRC Nigeria List of Issues Submission FINAL.pdf

    WEI AWWDI LEDAP letter to HRC Nigeria List of Issues Submission FINAL.docx

  • April 20, 2018 Women Enabled International, Movimiento Estamos Tod@s en Acción and Mesa de Trabajo en Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos de Córdoba Shadow Letter on Argentina to the CRC Committee

    Carta sombra de Women Enabled International, el Movimiento Estamos Tod@s en Acción y la Mesa de Trabajo en Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos de Córdoba al Comité de los Derechos del Niño


    Women Enabled International (WEI), Movimiento Estamos Tod@s en Acción (META Argentina) and Mesa de Trabajo en Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos de Córdoba jointly submitted a shadow letter on rights violations against girls and adolescents with disabilities in Argentina to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee). This submission focuses specifically on sexual and reproductive health and rights and the right to live free from gender based and sexual violence. The submission also highlights the forced institutionalization of children and adolescents with disabilities in Argentina and the lack of State support for the implementation of the National Mental Health Law. In addition, the submission outlines the obstacles for implementing human rights standards for inclusive education in Argentina and the impact of the denial of the right to social security on children [and adolescents] with disabilities. The shadow letter concludes with several recommendations for the CRC Committee to include in its concluding observations to Argentina following the May 2018 review.  Please note that the submission is written in Spanish.
     
    WEI, el Movimiento Estamos Tod@s en Acción (META Argentina) y la Mesa de Trabajo en Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos de Córdoba presentaron de manera conjunta una carta sombra sobre las violaciones del Estado Argentino a los derechos de niñas y adolescentes con discapacidad al Comité de los Derechos del Niño (el Comité). La carta hace énfasis específicamente en sus derechos y salud sexual y reproductiva y al derecho a vivir libres de violencia sexual y de género. La carta también resalta la persistencia de la institucionalización forzosa de niños, niñas y adolescentes (NNA) con discapacidad en Argentina y la falta de apoyo del Estado para la implementación efectiva de la Ley Nacional de Salud Mental. Adicionalmente, el documento destaca la existencia de obstáculos en la implementación de estándares de derechos humanos sobre educación inclusiva en Argentina y el impacto de la denegación del derecho a la seguridad social de NNA con discapacidad. La carta concluye con varias recomendaciones para que el Comité incluya en sus observaciones finales a Argentina con ocasión de la revisión que tendrá lugar en mayo de 2018.

    META MESA WEI Shadow Letter/Carta sombra CRC Argentina April 19, 2018 (PDF)

    META MESA WEI Shadow Letter/Carta sombra CRC Argentina April 19, 2018 (Word doc)

 

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